What more could a rustic shoe fetishist want?
So all of you who know me probably remember me walking around the streets of Seattle in Dutch clogs. (and no, this is not common in Seattle) and mile high platforms (and no, this is not common in Seattle) and if I could break into that museum display, I would grab me some of those rubber shoes and wear them too. And don’t get me going about the leather boots!
I went to the International Friends Walk at the Cheonggyechon Stream in Seoul so I could get a pair of jipsin straw shoes, but they were made for feet the size of Kareem Abduhl Jabbar, so not wearable. But damnit, I AM going to learn how to make these and break all convention by actually wearing them.
Now that Korea has proven itself with industry, technology, and development, maybe it’s time to step back and slow-the-fuck-down. Maybe some lo-fi music, some nuevo folk, some home-spun, down-home, all-natural goodness.
Maybe I can start a new trend – away from the status-conscious modern Korean version of dynasty fashion – away from the pop sex toy doll look – and towards something more practical and yet cultural.
Not that I want it to be a post modern gesture, either. No. I mean like raimie and cotton are cool in the summer. Straw is nice to walk on in the summer. Platforms are fun and keep your feet out of the water when it’s raining. Wooden shoes are insulating and super strong. And all of the above can be very very hip. Most cultural artifacts were born of necessity and became commonwealth because they were SMART solutions. Let’s make being natural and smart the hip thing to do.